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How can I prevent sudden audio peaks while gaming?

While playing intense first-person-shooter games often a grenade goes off near my head. The problem, is that I want to maintain my longer hearing while still hear the guy who sneaks up behind me. Is ...
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How to Transfer Audio Output from Mac OS X to Ubuntu via a Network?

Is it possible to somehow tap in to sound output and send it via network to another machine. Formats probably are incompatible, but I would appreciate even on some information on how to tap in to ...
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Play music in a Skype call

I'd like to be able to play music in a Skype call so everyone can hear it. Here's everything I tried: Setting the microphone device to Stereo Mix. People can hear music but obviously can't hear me ...
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Is there any DVI to HDMI converter with audio? [closed]

I have a laptop with VGA and DVI outputs, but no HDMI. I want to connect it to a HDMI TV. Is there any DVI→HDMI converter that also grabs audio? Obviously, the DVI port does not carry audio signal, ...
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Plugging in headphones does not mute speakers

My speakers are working even when I plug in my headphone to the front jacks. So I hear sounds from both headphones and speakers. This is quite annoying. How could I fix this? What could cause this ...
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How do I individually mute audio per tab in Chrome or Firefox?

Is there a way (in Chrome/Firefox) to individually mute audio per page/tab? This would be great when listening to music while browsing sites that play audio without asking for user prompt first.
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How to replace an audio stream in a video file with multiple audio streams?

I want to replace the second audio stream (0:2) in a video file that has two audio streams and give it a label if possible. How would I go about this? All the ffmpeg commands I found won't let me keep ...
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Tool to fix video that's out of sync with audio?

I'm looking for (preferably free) software for Windows 7 that will allow me to fix an AVI file that has audio out of sync with the video. I tried with Windows Live Movie Maker and VirtualDub and ...
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sound volume increase beyond 100% whenever possible on linux

Some audio output from files or streams is too low. It is obvious that hardware is able to play the same sounds but louder but because of the data it just plays it at some low level even at 100% ...
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How can I convert already recorded speech to text? [closed]

I am looking for a software that would allow me to input an audio file (.wav .mp3...) and output the text of the audio file. Does such software exist? I have only found software that converts (live) ...
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How do I enable multiple audio outputs on Windows 7?

For Windows 7, 64 bit: I have a digital SPDIF output to my stereo, which controls speakers in other rooms. I also have a set of speakers connected to the regular audio jack at the computer. This ...
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How can I prevent Chrome from preloading HTML5 audio and video contents?

I like HTML5 and its features a lot. But the one thing irritates me is that I can't control the actual downloading of contents. Every time I see an HTML5 audio file, say, in a RSS feed, Chrome will ...
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How can I delete the Boom application output device from my system?

I uninstalled the Boom application, I can’t find any files related to Boom in my system—maybe I am missing something?—but I still have this in my output devices configuration: How can I delete the ...
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Automatically Mute Windows on Shut Down

How can you automatically mute the audio in Windows every time you shut down?
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Disable “ding” sound when changing volume on Windows

Every time I change the audio level via Windows 7 Professional x64's Task Bar's audio control to up or down, Windows does a ding sound, which is quite annoying. How do you disable this?
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Convert mp4 to mp3

I would like to convert mp4 (video included) to mp3 (without video). what is the best way of doing this apart from using audacity (or similar software) and performing manual conversion (recording as ...
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How do you disable the Windows Vista startup sound?

The sound when vista starts up is starting to annoy me, also when I am going to a lecture I forget to turn the volume down and the sound attracts a lot of attention. Is there any way to turn it off?
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How to downmix stereo output to mono on Mac OS X

Let's just open and close this: Is there a built in way to downmix all stereo output to mono on Mac OS X?
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Mono sound output in Ubuntu?

Is there an easy way of forcing mono sound output - for one ear, one earphone, one speaker?
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Convert audio file to FLAC with ffmpeg?

can I convert one of this format to compatible 16000.0 Sample Rate FLAC file? kAudioFormatLinearPCM = 'lpcm', kAudioFormatAppleIMA4 = 'ima4', kAudioFormatMPEG4AAC ...
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Does the HDMI port on a video card support audio?

When purchasing a video card based on nVidia or AMD, does the HDMI port support audio as well as video? For what it's worth, I'm running Xubuntu 14.04. Here's an example of a video card with ...
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What is the cause of interference noises in my PC speakers and how can I get rid of them?

My PC's desktop speakers are periodically producing interference noises induced by my cellphone. Even if I move my phone away from the actual speakers, the noises are still present with the same ...
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Is it possible to route different applications to different audio outputs with Pulse Audio?

Is it possible to route different applications to different audio outputs with Pulse Audio? I'd like my music to be played on my Stereo, but I'd like sound alerts to be played on my notebook speakers. ...
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How to reset per application volume setting in Windows 7 and Vista

I've altered per application volume settings for my applications. I want to reset every individual volume setting so that all apps use the global volume settings. How should I do that?
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Where are the Vista/Win7 Volume Mixer settings stored?

Vista/Win7 appear to persist the sound level settings per application. I'd like to have a look at that list. The reason? According to a Microsoft blog, the settings are stored against the PID of the ...
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What is the current state of development for the FLAC codec? [closed]

I have a pretty large collection of FLAC files created from my CD collection. I love the FLAC format and the sound quality that you can get from it. Lately, however, I've been trying to write a few ...
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Combine Multiple Audio Files into a single higher-quality audio File

BACKGROUND My team gave a demo to a large audience - we recorded the audio of the demo in multiple locations in the room (3) the audio was recorded using cheap laptop microphones I was not involved ...
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Quickly change audio device in KDE

I recently switched to OpenSUSE (with KDE) from Windows, and I'm still going through the learning curve. I switch fairly frequently between using my headphones with built-in microphone, and using my ...
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Change the audio output device in Firefox

I'm trying to play music through Ventrilo and currently I use Virtual Audio Cable. The way it works is that in foobar2000 (a music playing program) I set the output device in preferences to Virtual ...
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Automatically mute speakers when headphones are unplugged

I was wondering if there is a "software" solution to automatically mute the laptop speakers when the headphones are "unplugged"? OS : Windows XP SP3 Laptop : Dell Vostro 1510 Audio Drivers : RealTek ...
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Send only video out with HDMI cable

My laptop has an HDMI out port and my new TV has HDMI in ports. Hooking them up so that I can use the laptop to play movies with sound on the TV works fine. However, I haven't been able to find a ...
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Linux command to concatenate audio files and output them to ogg

What command-line tools do I need in order to concatenate several audio files and output them as one ogg (and/or mp3)? If you can provide the complete command to concatenate and output to ogg, that ...
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Can I increase the sound volume above 100% in Linux?

I am running KDE 4.6 in Debian Testing. Is there a way to increase the sound (i.e. more than the standard 100%)? The current settings with my speakers seem a bit too quiet in some cases. I found a ...
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How do I rip an audio CD to a single file?

Many programs rip audio as one file per track. I'm looking for a program or method that can rip the whole audio CD to a single file. Which program or method can do this in Ubuntu?
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How can I record sound from the windows command line?

Is there an application capable of recording sound that I can run from the command line on XP? Ideally I'd start it with one command and stop it with another. Or I could specify a duration with the ...
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How to send VLC Player audio to headphones rather than PC speaker?

Similar to this question, except I'm on Windows 7. That question also has no accepted answer, and the answer doesn't work for me. I've tried all the different "Output Module" settings in the Audio ...
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No sound in Mathematica under Linux

I have a huge set of events in Mathematica that I need to react to, and it's not practical always checking for it, especially since events are randomly distributed in time. So I wanted to add a simple ...
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Per application volume settings: possible on Mac OS X Snow Leopard?

Is it possible to set per-application volume levels under Mac OS X? I would like to be able to turn the volume down on Entourage for new emails, but leave everything else at a pleasant level, ...
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Where can I get TV-style sound effects for my computer? [closed]

I need to clarify here- because I don't know what you'd call them... But you know when you're watching CSI or Law & order (or any movie where they show how hi-tech the characters are because they ...
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Does VirtualBox support line in and the microphone?

I am running windows 7 on my host which has the microphone working just fine but I cannot get the mic to work under any guest (I have tried Ubuntu 10.4 and Windows XP). I am beginning to think that ...
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Playback Identical Audio to Multiple Devices

Facts: I use Windows 7 I have an ASUS mobo w/realtek built in audio w/front & rear jacks. I have a Logitech USB headset w/microphone. I have ?20? sets of headphones. The Realtek HD Audio manager ...
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Is it possible to mute your computer through the command-line interface? [duplicate]

Currently, I can press the mute button on my keyboard, making my sound turn off. Is it possible to do this through cmd.exe so that I can run it with other things I have in that program?
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Is there a command line audio converter/tool a la ImageMagick?

ImageMagick is a handy, powerful command-line tool that can crop, scale, rotate, change format, apply basic (and some not-so-basic) effects to pretty much all sorts of images. Does something like it ...
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Google Chrome Missing from Volume Mixer

I have Windows 8.1, and Google Chrome is missing from my Volume Mixer (it does not show up on it). I cannot hear any audio from that program. I've tested both Flash audio (e.g., YouTube) and HTML5 ...
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Increase granularity, range and curvature of the volume control slider

There is a common problem for USB speakers (such as Logitech SBS-150 in my case, for which Logitech provides no solution) and headphones- they are too loud. When you use the Windows volume control ...
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Automatically Adjusting System Volume Based Upon Ambient Noise Level

My home office has a loud air conditioner right next to my computer desk. When the air conditioner turns on, I need to increase my computer's volume level in order to hear music and sound effects. ...
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How can I make the sound direction from an application “move” with the window position?

I currently use 3 monitors to efficiëntly use multiple windows and applications at the same time. This works very well for me in general, but I have a problem. Sometimes a specific window, ...
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Automatically remove all music from mp3 talk show

Is there a tool that can automatically remove the music sections of a given mp3 file so only the talking part is left? This would create a better listening experience when listening to the file on my ...
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Can Windows use headsets that have a single audio jack with 4 rings?

As you guys may know, for several years now, Apple uses 4-ring headphone jacks instead of 3-ring headphone jacks, and the fourth ring is dedicated to microphone input. This is what lets you have ...
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Is there a music player that will automatically mute when other audio starts playing?

I find myself listening to music while I use my computer, and constantly pausing and un-pausing the music when I watch a video on youtube, open up a game, or any other task that needs audio. Do any ...